The Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council has had to ap0logise to members of the public for keeping Penarth Head Open Space – the site of the controversial Penarth Head Viewing Platform – locked-up at the weekend.
Plaid Cymru council candidate Anne Greagsby posted tweets yesterday pointing out that the gates remained locked in the middle of the day – and that several visitors, local residents and dog-walkers had not been able to enter the park.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now apologised and attributed the failure to open the park to the public yesterday to what it calls a “Gate Locking Process Error”
The locked gates unfortunately coincided with the publication of social media publicity from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s PR department which promoted the re-opening of the controversial Penarth Head Viewing Platform.
The Viewing Platform – derided as a council “vanity project” and for resembling a WW2 Wehrmacht bunker – had been closed for urgent safety checks following the appearance of serious cracks in the walls of the 20-month-old structure.
The Council said surveys had now confirmed that the Penarth Head Viewing Platform “is safe for the public to enjoy”.
However a substantial area of the little park – which was fenced off for the survey work – remains out-of-bounds to the public and further safety checks are to be carried out.